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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s budget requests come up short

    By Lori Prevatt

    Special to the Pioneer

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum addressed the Levy County Board of County Commissioners in a long discussion on July 2 in an attempt to secure additional funding for the fiscal year and left the meeting short of his goal.

    McCallum sought additional funds to pay for full-time security on campuses during school hours, meeting a new state law requirement that came in the wake of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February.

  • School district maintains 'C' grade

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    For the third year in a row, the Levy County school district scored a C in the latest Florida Department of Education accountability report.

  • Signs will support local police force

    The Friends of the Williston Department will launch its new fundraiser this Friday, May 4 with "We Back The Blue" signs that are suitable for display in front of your home or business.

    The signs are $10 each and will be available at the Williston Chamber of Commerce, 607 SW 1st Ave., Williston Peanuts 1309 SW 7th St., Williston and Sharon Brannan CPA 161 N Main St., Williston.

  • AARP, CEE to host forum July 28

    Wishing for an easy way to meet candidates for office and ask about issues that matter to you? If so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Candidates Forum. This free nonpartisan event will be Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Middle/High School cafetorium.

    Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and all voters are welcome to fill out question cards for county, state and federal candidates.

  • Pushing it back

    "This is a big deal for our community," Fire Chief Lamar Stegall told more than 35 people Friday who came to witness the "pushing in" of the new fire pumper.

    The 2018 Typhoon Pumper, built by E-One in Ocala, was put into service with a ceremonial dedication harkening back to days of old when pumpers were pulled by horses that couldn't back in and had to be pushed back into their holding spots.

  • Special dinner guest

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    The highest-profile guest speaker in the history of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner guaranteed its largest ever turnout.

    Gov. Rick Scott joined Republican Party officials, supporters, office holders and candidates representing Levy County and the area June 23 at Bronson Middle High School as the headline speaker for the banquet.

  • County candidates set for August elections

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    A pair of Levy County Commission races and a School Board race highlight the county election season, which could be completely determined by the end of the primary on Aug. 30.

    The qualifying deadline for county-wide offices was June 22.

    The two County Commission seats both feature a pair of Republicans squaring off, so the races will be decided in the primary, which will be open to voters of all affiliations.

  • Meet Williston's newest police officer

    Not only is Shadow Williston's newest police officer, at 1-year-old, he's also the youngest.

    The officer, born in Hungary, came to Williston via New Smyrna Beach and along with his partner, Officer Rich Peters, will soon begin training in narcotics detection, searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

    Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson introduced the German Shepherd to the public and city council Tuesday night, adding that the canine officer comes to Williston at no cost to its citizens.

  • Williston Police improve communication with hearing impaired

    Williston Police Department will introduce a plan to improve communications with hearing impaired motorists.

    A “visor” card has been produced so motorists can use it to communicate with an officer if stopped.

    The card has images of traffic signs and routine traffic related questions. A sticker is also included with the international symbol for hearing impaired to be applied to the rear of the vehicle.

  • Get Healthy, Williston

    Turning Point Fitness, located on South Main Street, celebrated its expansion June 9 with a Health Fair. In addition to general information about overall health, experts and vendors also discussed nutrition and vitamins while providing choices about chiropractic and hearing screenings. Life South was also on hand with its bloodmobile. Above, Tim West uses his healing touch with a therapeutic massage on one of the gym’s guests. More pictures from the day are on page 3.